Calder’s derby victory sends hopes soaring for next season

Close control: Royd Club's Sam Taylorin possession against  North Bridge FC last Sunday.
Close control: Royd Club's Sam Taylorin possession against North Bridge FC last Sunday.

Calder ‘76 boss Rob Kenworthy came away from Saturday’s 2-1 derby success over Midgley United with mixed thoughts.

“It was a brilliant win and I was delighted,” he said.

“But I was also left wondering what we might have done this season had we played like this in September and October.”

Calder shot up to fourth in the Premier Division table on Saturday after sevens wins, one draw and a solitary defeat since the start of February.

“We would be delighted to finish fourth,” said Kenworthy.

“I said at the start of the season that we had the best squad we had ever had and we now have our best points total in the Premier.”

Kenworthy is hoping his men can kick on next term, win some silverware and perhaps be the Valley’s AFL top dogs.

““We need to take this form into next season, carry on with the consistency and learn to play on poor pitches.”

After Saturday’s visit from Copley, Calder host Shelf on Wednesday and then play Hebden Royd Red Star away next Friday.

Chances were at a premium on a hard, bobbly pitch at Luddenden Foot in last Saturday’s clash.

Midgley, who won the earlier meeting with a single goal at the start of the season, drew first blood with Rob Stansfield’s free header from an Andrew Butterworth free kick after 15 minutes.

However, a mix-up at the back let in Ricky Topham and he finished smartly to make it 1-1 after 35 minutes.

A second mistake cost Midgley the match, Topham cashing in again after 70 minutes.

Calder defended well after that, although George Bamford did hit a post in the last five minutes.

With Midgley third in the table, the Calder Valley has three teams in the top five and Hebden Royd Red Star regained fourth place from Calder when they drew 2-2 at home to Shelf United on Monday.

Lewis Cockroft scored his 21st goal of the season for Star with Tom Barclay getting his first. James Goodwin and Oliver Coates replied for Shelf.

Midgley United lost to Division one leaders Holmfield for the second time in eight days.

They were beaten 3-0 away, having lost 3-1 at home.

Second half goals from Chris Woodhouse (two) and Jason Pettifor did the trick for Holmfield against a Midgley side who were well served by frontrunner Jake Shaw and were far from disgraced.

Calder ‘76 Reserves had no fixture last Saturday, having beaten AFC Crossleys 3-2 the previous Wednesday with goals from Gav Martin (two) and sub Jasim Salih.

Hebden Royd Red Star Reserves lost 3-2 at home to improving Sowerby United Reserves. George Oliver and James Cowens scored for Star.

Red Star’s second string were in action again last night when they faced a very difficult task away to Division two title favourites Illingworth St Mary’s on the 3G pitch at Trinity Academy.